Robert Lawrence v. Denver Health Medical Center: Impostor Surrogate Removes Life-Sustaining Treatment for Money
Posted Feb 19 2013 5:10pm
Felicia Lawrence charges that clinicians at the Denver Health Medical Center removed her father from life-sustaining medical treatment at the direction of a relative who was not authorized as surrogate decision maker. This relative apparently acted to transfer assets from the patient.
There are several other cases across the United States involving allegations of a purported surrogate hastening a patient's death for selfish financial reasons, for example: the Van Note case in Kansas City and the Norval case in Southern California. The hospital in all these cases is probably protected from liability, unless it can be shown that its clinicians did not have a "good faith" belief in the authority of the surrogate.